**Instructor:**- M. Randall Holmes
**Office:**- MG-240A
**Telephone:**- office: 426-3011
home: 345-2899 (do not call after 8:30 pm or between 6 pm Friday and noon Sunday).

**E-mail:**`holmes@math.boisestate.edu`**WWW:**`http://math.boisestate.edu/~holmes`**Office Hours:**- To be announced. See "open office policy" below.
**Required Textbook Package:**- (please make sure you have the correct book,
as there are other very similar titles from Addison-Wesley)
*Precalculus: Graphs and Models*, second edition, by Bittinger, Beecher, Ellenbogen, and Penna, ISBN: 0-201-61674-2, Addison-Wesley Publishers, 2000, MML Software Package.UPDATE!!! This is not the ISBN of what they have at the bookstore: ISBN 0-201-70403-X is correct for you - it contains an additional graphing calculator manual, which you may find useful. This is a surprise move by the publisher. If you get ISBN: 0-201-61674-2 from some other source, it should be right -- make sure it includes the MML software.

FURTHER UPDATE: ISBN 0-201-70403-X was NOT correct as sent -- it did not include the MyMathLab software. As I write, the bookstore is packaging the MML software with these books at no extra cost to you, and if you have already bought the package with the graphing calculator manual and no MML software, take it to the bookstore and they will add the MML software for free. If they don't live up to any of this, please contact me!

Please note that this is not the same book that bricks-and-mortar sections of Math 143 use!

If your book says "A Unit Circle Approach" on the cover, it is the wrong book!

There are probably not any used copies, and used copies would not be useful unless you had some other way to get the required software.

**Coverage:**- M143 covers the algebra necessary to proceed into Calculus.
This course will cover chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 8.1-8.3, 10.1-10.3. of the book.
**Generic Syllabus:**- M143 is a class in the university Core Curriculum. Core Curriculum
classes are expected to meet certain learning objectives which are described in
the department's generic syllabus for Math 143, which you
are invited to look at.
**No Overrides:**- If you do not meet the prerequisites for this course, you will be
administratively withdrawn. No exceptions will be made. The
instructor will not sign overrides of class size limitations or course
prerequisites under any circumstances.
**Orientation Session and Administrative Withdrawal:**- There is a mandatory orientation session
for the class on Jan 16, 7:40--8:30 in MG124. We may move from MG124
to a computer lab, to facilitate logging in to My MathLab =
CourseCompass.
**If you do not either show up for this session, sign up in CourseCompass for this course, or contact me in some other way to confirm your participation by NOON on Friday Jan 17 (I said "end of the working day" in my e-mail, but the office informs me this doesn't give them enough time), you will be administratively withdrawn.** **Exams:**- There are four hour exams, to be given on February 6, March 6, April
3, and May 1, 2003. The coverage on these exams is described in the
suggested study schedule below. These exams must be taken on campus
from 7:40 am to 8:35 am on the indicated date.
**YOU MUST BRING YOUR STUDENT ID (WITH PHOTO) OR A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID TO EACH EXAM**, or you will not be permitted to take the exam. **Final Exam:**- There will be a cumulative final exam, which will be on Tuesday, May
13, 2003 in Math/Geology Room 124 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please
note the different day of the week and make arrangements well in
advance! You must take the final exam at this time; you must bring
photo ID to the final as well.
**Calculator Policy:**- Understanding how to use a graphing calculator will prrobably be
useful in this course (there are homework problems on which you are
expected to use a grapher), but use of graphing calculators is not
allowed on hour exams or the final. You may bring a plain scientific
calculator without graphing or symbolic computation capabilities to
each exam; any other calculator may not be used. Palm Pilots and
similar handheld computers may not be used as calculators. Do not
bring cell-phones into exams unless they are turned off.
**Grading Criteria:**- Your grade will be based entirely on your performance on these exams.
Each hour exam will be graded numerically, with grades between 90 and
100 being A, grades between 80 and 89 being B, grades between 70 and
79 being C, grades between 60 and 69 being D, and grades below 60
being F. Grading on exams will usually be computed in such a way that
the median grade is a 75 (mid-range C); this may be achieved by
dropping the lowest grade, by linear scaling of grades to move a lower
median to 75, or by a modification and/or combination of these
methods. The instructor does reserve the right to leave the median
below 75 if he feels that the class performance merits it. The final
grade will be computed by adding the numerical grades for the hour
exams, with the lowest one replaced by the final exam grade if this
helps, plus twice the final exam grade, and dividing by six.
**Lecture Notes and Online Quizzes:**- I
expect to provide weekly lecture notes on the material for that week
in the study schedule and to develop an online quiz or quizzes each
week which you can take to test your understanding of the material.
The online quizzes will be graded by the course software, but they do
not figure into your course grade; they are provided for immediate
feedback on your understanding of the material, not as a graded
requirement of the course.
My willingness to do this development work in addition to the prepackaged content of the online course will depend on the extent to which it is used by students.

I also expect to provide and lead or stimulate e-mail discussion groups using the built-in features of CourseCompass, dependent on participation.

**Optional Class Sessions:**- The class meets optionally every Thursday in MG124 during the semester
from 7:40-8:30 am. I will be in MG 124 during this time. I also
have other office hours, which will be announced, and I encourage you
to contact me via e-mail if you have questions. I may try out the
threaded discussion group feature of the course software; if I do this
it will be announced on the course site.
**Open Office Policy:**- My office hours
for these classes are to be announced. I will almost always be in my
office at the officially scheduled times, and I will try to warn you
when I will not be. If I am in my office during a posted office hour,
I am available to help you.
Don't assume that these are the only times when you can get help! I am generally in my office most of the working day (I usually either the 3:40 or the 4:40 bus home) and I am never offended by a student asking me for help if I am in the office (though I may help only briefly if I am very busy).

**Academic Honesty:**- The penalty for cheating (defined as looking at another
student's paper or unauthorized use of books or notes during an exam)
will be a grade of zero (0) on the relevant exam. A repeat offense
will mean an F in the course.